Richard Jacques ‎– Sonic R



Can You Feel The Sunshine?
Living In The City
Back In Time
Work It Out
Diamond In The Sky
Super Sonic Racing
Number One
Start Fanfare
End Fanfare
Options Screen
Work It Out (Red Raw Mix)
Super Sonic Racing (X-TRA Club Mix)

Versions (2)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
MJCA-00012 Richard Jacques Sonic R(CD) Marvelous Entertainment Inc. MJCA-00012 Japan 1998 Sell This Version
none Richard Jacques Sonic R (Original Soundtrack)(17xFile, AAC, Album, RE, 256) Sega none 2014


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September 12, 2010
edited over 7 years ago
referencing Sonic R, CD, MJCA-00012

This is one of the best video game soundtracks out there, by European video game composer Richard Jacques, also known for his soundtracks for the games Sonic 3D Blast (Saturn), Jet Set Radio, Samba de Amigo, Daytona USA Deluxe, and other SEGA games. But this is definitely his most famous work.

Sonic R's soundtrack is a great collection of early 1990s-sounding club music (dubbed Euro-House here on Discogs, which is probably the best you could describe this music as), it's a mix of a soft jazzy, house sound with pianos, synthesizers, and trumpets combined with the strong female vocal that European dance music is known for, without being ridiculously fast and cartoony. It's overall a very pleasant soundtrack.

My personal favorites are Diamond in the Sky, Can you Feel The Sunshine, and Number One, but all the tracks are worth listening to. Super Sonic Racing is my least favorite, and the X-Tra Club mix is even worse, stripping the track of almost all it's vocals and synthesizer, pitching up what vocals are left and adding a bassline that sounds like it was stolen from Giorgio Moroder's "The Chase" and a mediocre beat. However, the Red Raw Mix of Work It Out is even better than the original, slowing it down a little bit and adding some more piano, making it a bit happier-sounding in the process, much better than the sort-of gritty tone that the original had.

Overall, great soundtrack. I just wish it was released in the US considering how great the music is, but if worse comes to worst it can be simply be ripped from the game disc.